Jordan Rhodes' professionalism comes as no surprise to me, says Blackburn Rovers legend Derek Fazackerley

Derek Fazackerley

Derek Fazackerley

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JORDAN Rhodes’ conduct since Blackburn Rovers rejected Hull City’s attempts to sign him has come as no surprise to Derek Fazackerley.

Rovers owners Venky’s turned down a club record bid from the Premier League outfit for Rhodes before issuing a strongly worded statement on Saturday morning in which they stressed they had no intention of selling the £12m-rated striker.

Later that afternoon Rhodes put the speculation to one side to set Gary Bowyer’s men on their way to a 3-2 home win over Bournemouth.

It was the 24-year-old’s 54th goal for Rovers on what was his 100th appearance for the club following his club record £8m move from Huddersfield Town two years ago.

Afterwards Rhodes was praised by his manager Bowyer, his team-mates and by supporters for the professionalism he had displayed.

But that did not stop scorned Hull boss Steve Bruce, after admitting his pursuit for the Scotland international was ‘dead and buried’, from stating on Wednesday: “It’s disappointing for everybody concerned, but more disappointing I would presume, for somebody like Jordan.”

However Rovers record appearance holder Fazackerley, who was Rhodes’ first-team coach at Huddersfield, said: “Like every ambitious footballer he’ll want at some stage in his career to play at the top level – I’m absolutely certain of that.

“And I’m sure that opportunity will come, be it with Blackburn or be it with somebody else, and be it this year or another year.

“But he’s not a typical footballer in some respects, in that he’s not going to spit the dummy out and be disruptive. He’s a good professional and he’ll do what he has to do.

“Knowing Jordan the way I way I do and the way he was has been brought up, he’s always been a mature lad and a responsible lad and I’m quite sure he will respond in the right way.

“And as I say, it’s not like it’s the last-chance saloon for him – that’s certainly not the case. He’s young enough for another opportunity to come along at some stage and Blackburn, as a club, will have to respect that if they do not fulfil their own ambitions of getting back in the Premier League.

“But they have looked after him well, rewarding his efforts with a new contract in the summer, and he was willing to sign it.”

After finishing two points outside of the play-off places last season Rovers fans are hoping their side can break into the top-six this time around.

And Fazackerley, who made 674 appearances for the club between 1971 and 1986, has no doubt keeping Rhodes beyond the transfer window, which closes at 11pm on Monday, will give them a better chance of doing that.

“It’s a statement of intent from the owners but I don’t see what else they could have done because they wouldn’t want their leading goalscorer to leave the club,” said the 62-year-old, who is now assistant head coach to former Rovers boss Michael Appleton at Oxford United.

“And I imagine from Gary Bowyer’s point of view, and from the team’s point of view, it’s a major bonus and boost.”

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10:39am Thu 28 Aug 14

paladin101 says...

Well said Derek. He is a great striker and a true professional. He will play at the top level with us in a year or two.
Well said Derek. He is a great striker and a true professional. He will play at the top level with us in a year or two. paladin101
  • Score: 15

11:25am Thu 28 Aug 14

jack went up says...

Well said the lad had the decency to sign a new contract showing desire to help the club. Hes shown loyalty and integrity to BRFC, longer term contracts give the club a real ability to fend off suitors, and if you lose your player you get a good fee that can be used to bring in new players.

When young players deliberately let their contracts down , the message is clear. " I owe the club nothing". Thanks Jordan, I am sure you will one day play in the premiership, I really hope its with us.
Well said the lad had the decency to sign a new contract showing desire to help the club. Hes shown loyalty and integrity to BRFC, longer term contracts give the club a real ability to fend off suitors, and if you lose your player you get a good fee that can be used to bring in new players. When young players deliberately let their contracts down , the message is clear. " I owe the club nothing". Thanks Jordan, I am sure you will one day play in the premiership, I really hope its with us. jack went up
  • Score: 13

11:42am Thu 28 Aug 14

bburnrover says...

Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.
Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough. bburnrover
  • Score: 6

12:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

I said at the weekend that Bruce was totally confused by the fact that Rhodes played rather than pulled a sickie, the boy has class, everything we've heard from Bruce since has been a tantrum for the benefit of Hulls fans.
I said at the weekend that Bruce was totally confused by the fact that Rhodes played rather than pulled a sickie, the boy has class, everything we've heard from Bruce since has been a tantrum for the benefit of Hulls fans. greenscreener
  • Score: 6

12:51pm Thu 28 Aug 14

IrishEnglish says...

Bruce's latest utterances are a disgraceful.

I can understand his disappointment and frustration over the weekend. But to now - quite literally - 'presume' to speak for Rhodes disappointment?! No-one, not even Bowyer, is entitle to do that, without the player's consent. I'm sure JR can decide for himself how he feels about it.

Bruce must be sailing close to the wind when it comes to proper conduct in transfer negotiations now; without any doubt he's spent whatever was left of his class.

To paraphrase that famous old refrain: I wouldn't say he is a c*nt, I just 'presume' he is.
Bruce's latest utterances are a disgraceful. I can understand his disappointment and frustration over the weekend. But to now - quite literally - 'presume' to speak for Rhodes disappointment?! No-one, not even Bowyer, is entitle to do that, without the player's consent. I'm sure JR can decide for himself how he feels about it. Bruce must be sailing close to the wind when it comes to proper conduct in transfer negotiations now; without any doubt he's spent whatever was left of his class. To paraphrase that famous old refrain: I wouldn't say he is a c*nt, I just 'presume' he is. IrishEnglish
  • Score: 6

1:10pm Thu 28 Aug 14

bridtiger says...

IrishEnglish wrote:
Bruce's latest utterances are a disgraceful.

I can understand his disappointment and frustration over the weekend. But to now - quite literally - 'presume' to speak for Rhodes disappointment?! No-one, not even Bowyer, is entitle to do that, without the player's consent. I'm sure JR can decide for himself how he feels about it.

Bruce must be sailing close to the wind when it comes to proper conduct in transfer negotiations now; without any doubt he's spent whatever was left of his class.

To paraphrase that famous old refrain: I wouldn't say he is a c*nt, I just 'presume' he is.
Such venom, what would u be like if Hull had actually bought Jordan
[quote][p][bold]IrishEnglish[/bold] wrote: Bruce's latest utterances are a disgraceful. I can understand his disappointment and frustration over the weekend. But to now - quite literally - 'presume' to speak for Rhodes disappointment?! No-one, not even Bowyer, is entitle to do that, without the player's consent. I'm sure JR can decide for himself how he feels about it. Bruce must be sailing close to the wind when it comes to proper conduct in transfer negotiations now; without any doubt he's spent whatever was left of his class. To paraphrase that famous old refrain: I wouldn't say he is a c*nt, I just 'presume' he is.[/p][/quote]Such venom, what would u be like if Hull had actually bought Jordan bridtiger
  • Score: -5

1:29pm Thu 28 Aug 14

IrishEnglish says...

bridtiger wrote:
IrishEnglish wrote:
Bruce's latest utterances are a disgraceful.

I can understand his disappointment and frustration over the weekend. But to now - quite literally - 'presume' to speak for Rhodes disappointment?! No-one, not even Bowyer, is entitle to do that, without the player's consent. I'm sure JR can decide for himself how he feels about it.

Bruce must be sailing close to the wind when it comes to proper conduct in transfer negotiations now; without any doubt he's spent whatever was left of his class.

To paraphrase that famous old refrain: I wouldn't say he is a c*nt, I just 'presume' he is.
Such venom, what would u be like if Hull had actually bought Jordan
An unfair assumption: I’m not angry that someone tried to buy him (which is and will continue to be inevitable) but with the manner in which he is (still) spitting his dummy out over it. Clearly trying to unsettle a contracted player, even now.
[quote][p][bold]bridtiger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IrishEnglish[/bold] wrote: Bruce's latest utterances are a disgraceful. I can understand his disappointment and frustration over the weekend. But to now - quite literally - 'presume' to speak for Rhodes disappointment?! No-one, not even Bowyer, is entitle to do that, without the player's consent. I'm sure JR can decide for himself how he feels about it. Bruce must be sailing close to the wind when it comes to proper conduct in transfer negotiations now; without any doubt he's spent whatever was left of his class. To paraphrase that famous old refrain: I wouldn't say he is a c*nt, I just 'presume' he is.[/p][/quote]Such venom, what would u be like if Hull had actually bought Jordan[/p][/quote]An unfair assumption: I’m not angry that someone tried to buy him (which is and will continue to be inevitable) but with the manner in which he is (still) spitting his dummy out over it. Clearly trying to unsettle a contracted player, even now. IrishEnglish
  • Score: 9

1:35pm Thu 28 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

The Rovers owners should be lauded for turning down 12 million for Rhodes especially when you consider their company has just announced a 36 million pound loss. That surely shows commitment after some earlier mistakes which left a bad taste in the mouth for many fans,
The Rovers owners should be lauded for turning down 12 million for Rhodes especially when you consider their company has just announced a 36 million pound loss. That surely shows commitment after some earlier mistakes which left a bad taste in the mouth for many fans, noddy57
  • Score: 6

2:52pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Germany Tiger says...

bburnrover wrote:
Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.
I wouldnt swap with you for 12 million quid right now mate.... the futures bright, the future is black and amber!!
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.[/p][/quote]I wouldnt swap with you for 12 million quid right now mate.... the futures bright, the future is black and amber!! Germany Tiger
  • Score: -5

2:53pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Germany Tiger says...

bburnrover wrote:
Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.
wouldnt swap with you for all the tea in china.... your success was also 20 years ago. Done nowt since and heading downhill with your KFC owners
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.[/p][/quote]wouldnt swap with you for all the tea in china.... your success was also 20 years ago. Done nowt since and heading downhill with your KFC owners Germany Tiger
  • Score: -6

2:54pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Germany Tiger says...

paladin101 wrote:
Well said Derek. He is a great striker and a true professional. He will play at the top level with us in a year or two.
Haaaa.. keep taking whatever it is your taking!!
[quote][p][bold]paladin101[/bold] wrote: Well said Derek. He is a great striker and a true professional. He will play at the top level with us in a year or two.[/p][/quote]Haaaa.. keep taking whatever it is your taking!! Germany Tiger
  • Score: -4

3:46pm Thu 28 Aug 14

realisticrover says...

Germany Tiger wrote:
bburnrover wrote:
Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.
wouldnt swap with you for all the tea in china.... your success was also 20 years ago. Done nowt since and heading downhill with your KFC owners
come on fella....I wish Hull well, but lets be honest, you are a smallish football club in a Rugby town.
Cool as it is for students, Hull is also miles away from anywhere and it stinks of fish. Or is that Grimsby?
[quote][p][bold]Germany Tiger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.[/p][/quote]wouldnt swap with you for all the tea in china.... your success was also 20 years ago. Done nowt since and heading downhill with your KFC owners[/p][/quote]come on fella....I wish Hull well, but lets be honest, you are a smallish football club in a Rugby town. Cool as it is for students, Hull is also miles away from anywhere and it stinks of fish. Or is that Grimsby? realisticrover
  • Score: 5

4:47pm Thu 28 Aug 14

LittleRonnieHildersley says...

realisticrover wrote:
Germany Tiger wrote:
bburnrover wrote:
Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.
wouldnt swap with you for all the tea in china.... your success was also 20 years ago. Done nowt since and heading downhill with your KFC owners
come on fella....I wish Hull well, but lets be honest, you are a smallish football club in a Rugby town.
Cool as it is for students, Hull is also miles away from anywhere and it stinks of fish. Or is that Grimsby?
Seriously do you actually think this a hull fan and not the multi profiled social inadequate who constantly trolls these pages?
[quote][p][bold]realisticrover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Germany Tiger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.[/p][/quote]wouldnt swap with you for all the tea in china.... your success was also 20 years ago. Done nowt since and heading downhill with your KFC owners[/p][/quote]come on fella....I wish Hull well, but lets be honest, you are a smallish football club in a Rugby town. Cool as it is for students, Hull is also miles away from anywhere and it stinks of fish. Or is that Grimsby?[/p][/quote]Seriously do you actually think this a hull fan and not the multi profiled social inadequate who constantly trolls these pages? LittleRonnieHildersley
  • Score: 4

11:09pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Garylla says...

Germany Tiger wrote:
bburnrover wrote:
Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.
I wouldnt swap with you for 12 million quid right now mate.... the futures bright, the future is black and amber!!
Not in Europe it's not mate. The future...and present...is very much blue and white. I hope we get you in the FA Cup as it will be the only chance to play you in the next few years as we swap places next season. COYB
[quote][p][bold]Germany Tiger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Well I am sure I would not be disappointed in staying at a club that has actually won things. Bruce will end up moving on soom he gets going when the going gets rough.[/p][/quote]I wouldnt swap with you for 12 million quid right now mate.... the futures bright, the future is black and amber!![/p][/quote]Not in Europe it's not mate. The future...and present...is very much blue and white. I hope we get you in the FA Cup as it will be the only chance to play you in the next few years as we swap places next season. COYB Garylla
  • Score: 0
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